The Vikings will hold their annual rookie mini-camp over the course of the next 3 days, with 2 practices scheduled for both Friday and Saturday and then 1 practice scheduled for Sunday. Before the action gets underway, we’re going to take a moment to breakdown the roster of players who will participate in this weekend’s mini-camp.
A total of 68 players will be at Winter Park for the weekend. Players eligible to participate in a rookie mini-camp are rookies and first-year players. There are detailed definitions of each player as outlined by the NFL, but we won’t get into that here. Basically, the players participating in this mini-camp will be rookies or first-year players who don’t have a season of pension credit.
Here’s how the categories of players add up: 9 current Vikings, 9 drafted players, 16 undrafted free agents and 34 tryout players. The position with the most players is offensive line (12) and the positions with the least are fullbacks and specialists (2).
Below is a position-by-position breakdown that includes current Vikings, draft picks and undrafted rookie free agents on this year’s mini-camp roster, with some commentary inserted from time-to-time.
James Vandenberg – Undrafted rookie free agent signing out of Iowa…2-year starter.
Zach Line – Undrafted rookie free agent signing after 4 productive rushing seasons at SMU. He passed Eric Dickerson as the school’s all-purpose yardage leader and tied him in TDs.
Cordarrelle Patterson – Selected with 29th overall pick and expected to excel as a returner from Day 1.
Rodney Smith – Undrafted rookie free agent signing with great size (6-6, 219 pounds) who was a 4-year player at Florida State.
Chris Summers – Promising practice squad player currently on the Vikings roster.
Colin Anderson – Undrafted rookie free agent out of Furman.
Chase Ford – Current member of Vikings roster.
OG-OT Jeff Baca – A 6th-round pick out of UCLA, expected to display position flexibility.
OG-OT Travis Bond – Road-grading run blocker from UNC who was selected in 7th round.
G Tyler Holmes – Current member of Vikings roster.
OT Mark Jackson – Undrafted free agent who was a 2-time all-conference and 1-time All-America honoree at D2 level with Glenville State.
OT Kevin Murphy – Current member of Vikings roster.
C Camden Wentz
Marquis Jackson – Undrafted rookie free agent who was a productive and decorated player at junior college and small school level and whose size/athleticism combo warranted late-round grades by many analysts.
Chase Baker – Current member of Vikings roster.
Everett Dawkins – 7th-round pick out of Florida State.
Sharrif Floyd – Vikings top choice (#23 overall) in the draft out of Florida.
Anthony McCloud – Undrafted rookie free agent who will join many former Florida State teammates at this rookie mini-camp.
Gerald Hodges – Selected with 4th-round pick out of Penn State
Michael Mauti – Selected with 7th-round pick out of Penn State
Nathan Williams – Tough, instinctive and productive LB out of Ohio State who could be special teams contributor in the NFL while he develops as a defender.
Bobby Felder – Current member of Vikings roster.
Greg McCoy – Current member of Vikings roster.
Xavier Rhodes – Selected with #25 overall pick out of Florida State.
Rod Williams – Former CFL standout was released by his team so he could pursue NFL career.
Brandon Bishop – Undrafted rookie free agent who was a 4-year starter at NC State
Jeff Locke – Selected with a 5th-round pick out of UCLA.